Sunday 29 November, 2020

Reservoir levels down, water use restrictions to stay

Photo: Navet Reservoir, via Facebook, The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

Photo: Navet Reservoir, via Facebook, The Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA).

Despite the rains, the Water and Sewerage Authority (WASA) is reminding citizens that the existing Water Use Restrictions and revised water supply schedules remain in effect.

In an update on the country’s available water supply, WASA said the intermittent showers experienced thus far have had no discernable impact on the levels at its four main impounding reservoirs.

It noted that current capacity is well below long term averages.

Hollis is currently at 19.53 percent, down from its long-term capacity for the same time last year of 43.25 percent.

At Caroni Arena, the current capacity is at 29.03 percent, down from an LTA of 49.22 percent.

The Navet Reservoir is at 17.41 percent capacity, while for the same time of year last year, it was at 42.67 percent capacity.

Hillsborough is currently at 35.33 percent, while its long term average is 52.91 percent.

WASA said all four reservoirs will require consistent periods of rainfall in the coming months, in order to achieve full storage in preparation for the 2020 Dry Season.

It said it continues to manage available water resources including maximisation of production at sources not immediately impacted by rainfall (including groundwater and desalination) and redistribution from sources.

WASA is encouraging citizens to continue to adhere to strict water conservation measures in their daily water use and as the Wet Season progresses.

It promised to provide further updates.

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